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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:37 am

You've set me thinking again about stomp boxes and I re-jigged my drummer/mate's home made stomper with a precision pickup an iron plate.... It sounded shit.....so I'v gone back to piezo for that one. I suspect the problem is that the top is too thick. I'll try a few things and post back here if I find anything useful. :thumbup:
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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby ben howes » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:22 am

The spd 1 is a neat single box electronic solution. However a second hand Roland tm2 or cheap alesis box or old drum machine with a trigger input would do the same job. Just add a 20 pence piezoelectric element on some ply with a bit of mouse mat on top. Tweak the trigger settings a bit. Have fun.
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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby ef37a » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:02 am

Fascinating!

Just a point about piezo transducers? To get a really deep sound out of them they need to go into a very high impedance. For acoustic guitar, not less than 5meg is suggested and 10 is better. For this thumper I would go for 22meg or even more. The bog S TL072 can cope with that quite easily but there are better jfet op amps, in fact it might be wise to avoid the '72 as they can "latchup" if overloaded.

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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby Hewesy » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:18 pm

If not too late the Porch Board is worth a nose, though I suspect they have gone up in cost...

On a Bellowhead note Jon Boden now solo tours with a board but it is large enough for him to stand on an use both feet. He uses a stick on mic and/or piezo depending on the gig. Phillip Henry is another great floorboard player to check out. Both have/had YouTube vids showing their rigs off.

Seth Lakeman uses a smaller homemade unit, and alternates between heel and toe for thump or click type tones. I think that used a mic inside and he could mute it onstage.

Seasick Steve had a flight case with a guitar pickup inside, or go proper folk band with an old sturdy suitcase and a bass drum kick pedal.

DIY could be your friend here, and enable you to dual purpose it as say a case or box for other gear for transport.

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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:02 pm

Yup, definitely fancy a large board like the Bellowhead one (600 x 600 mm) so I can stand on it and stamp both feet. T'would make me look taller too which would be a hidden bonus :smirk:
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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby Hewesy » Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:07 pm

Funnily enough I had the same though when I saw Jon Boden, then we met him afterwards to sign a CD - Jeebus he's tall!

Check this out from the man himself, from last years tour IIRC (which is a great album if you haven't picked it up).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phDw345SCcM

Such a fan of his Bb tuning too, how he makes so much noise as one man for the Bellowhead "biggies" - true Wayne's World moment.

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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:25 pm

Brilliant, loved Bellowhead, love Jon Bowden, (and John Bowers). I was lucky enough to do PA for Faustus a few years ago, Benji Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin (both from Bellowhead) and Saul Rose (Martin Carthy's Squeezebox player) also brilliant, and nice guys to work with.
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Re: Acoustic stomp box

Postby Hewesy » Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:12 pm

Big Faustus fan here too mate, i saw both of their sets at Towersey this year and we saw them 2 weeks back on the latest tour.

Not surprised they are lovely, it cone across when you speak to them after the gig. Though I did rather shout at Benji after he opened for the Levellers last year - but only because they'd just given me tinnitus...

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